The Council of the Academy consists of the President and five Academicians appointed by the Supreme Pontiff, on the proposal of the President, after consultation with the Academicians. Their term of office lasts five years. They may be reappointed. In addition the following are members of the Council durante munere: the Chancellor appointed by the Supreme Pontiff;4 the Delegate of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace;5 the President of the Foundation for the Promotion of the Social Sciences.6 These three members attend the sessions of the Academy with the right to vote. The Council assists the President in everything concerning the direction of the Academy, especially in planning the work and preparing the meetings; it receives the reports on the financial resources.
4 On 6 May 2021 the Holy Father Francis added that the Vice Chancellor, if there is one, also becomes a member of the Council durante munere.
5 Cfr. footnote 1.
6 Cfr. footnote 7.
7 The Foundation for the Promotion of the Social Sciences was dissolved on 14 December 2017 following the death of its President.
List of Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, and Members of the Council since 1994
Professor Edmond Malivaud (1994-2004)
Professor Mary Ann Glendon (2004-2014)
Professor Margaret S. Archer (2014-2019)
Professor Stefano Zamagni (2019–2023)
Prof. Sr Helen Alford O.P. (2023–)
Msgr. Eng. Renato Dardozzi, Director of the Chancellery (1 Jan. 94); Chancellor (30 Jan. 95-30 June 97)
H.E. Msgr. Giuseppe Pittau, S.J., Chancellor (1 July 1997-4 October 1998)
H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (5 October 1998-5 June 2022)
H.Em. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (6 June 2022–)
Vice Chancellor for Communications
Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò (31 August 2019–)